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  • Hackers have set their focus on health care—a data-rich industry with its own focus elsewhere. Serious attacks are now happening every few weeks, and in one instance earlier this year, a hospital paid hackers approximately $17,000 in Bitcoins to be able to get back into its system so it could care for patients. The stress of this new reality is driving very specific changes, according to the 2nd National IT Trends in Healthcare study from Peak 10, an IT infrastructure provider. Based on a poll of 157 decision-makers at health care organizations, as well as seven in-depth discussions with C-level executives, the study revealed three key trends: a transition from in-house infrastructure to the cloud; IT as a revenue driver, as the CIO role changes; and the need for compliance and cyber-security to go hand-in-hand. "Although healthcare organizations have been cautious about moving to the cloud, they are now recognizing the benefits and security," David Kidd, vice president of governance, risk and compliance at Peak 10, said in a statement. "This allows for more time to be spent on patients and the organization's core mission." eWEEK looks at key takeaways from the study.

  • The United States is producing qualified STEM workers, but they're just not being hired, according to the findings of an Equal Employment Opportunity report.

  • A study of compliance practices found companies struggling; many have so little confidence in their ability to supervise social media apps, they don't even try.

  • Microsoft pledges to add more direct sources of clean, renewable power to its energy mix and work with the communities in which it operates to improve access.

  • SAP is applying tech innovation to the areas of business that have long been human run—and so have been biased, sexist and exclusionary, even if it's unintentional.

  • EMC contends it has been using the brand name Unity for more than a year, but Nexsan filed the copyright papers for the name first.

  • Minister for the Cabinet Office Matthew Hancock says digitization and automation can help economy, but recognizes need to help people make transition.

  • NEWS ANALYSIS: As the merger chugs to its conclusion, employees fret for their jobs, China is causing ire and a lot of corporate wrinkles need to be ironed out.

  • Apple has reportedly hired Yoky Matsuoka, an award-winning neuroroboticist who contributed to Google X and Nest, to join its health care team.

  • Acquisition extends Adobe Marketing Cloud by connecting user-generated and branded content.

  • Copy data management applies the same virtualization approach to data that changed everything with servers more than a dozen years ago.

  • IBM recently named 11 new IBM Fellows, the company's most prestigious technical honor. This new crop of fellows has expertise in a variety of disciplines, including cognitive computing, analytics, cloud, security, mobile and health care. "These extraordinary men and women join a select community made up of some of the world's most creative thinkers," said Ginni Rometty, IBM chairman, president and CEO. Past IBM Fellows have included five Nobel Prize winners. To become an IBM Fellow, an employee must meet four criteria: sustained innovation in some of the world's most important technologies; significant recognition as a leader among IBM's technical communities; broad industry acknowledgment of the individual's accomplishments; and a strong history of new technologies and business models being deployed at scale. For example, Director of IBM Healthcare and Life Sciences Research Ajay Royyuru is using Watson for genomics to translate genomic variations in cancer to treatment options. In a partnership with Pfizer, Royyuru also is heading up an effort to transform the care of individuals who suffer from Parkinson's disease. "We at IBM are really focused on building the technology in a manner that it would scale, because this is not just an academic exercise," Royyuru told eWEEK. This slide show introduces you to the 2016 class of IBM Fellows.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Army IT teams are bogged down with legacy hardware and software that comprise about 80 percent of all their global systems.

  • Not all enterprise data is created equal, nor should it all have the same protections. Numerous and well-publicized data breaches highlight the increasing need for companies to better secure truly sensitive data. Social media, cloud-based data storage and a growing bring-your-own-device (BYOD) work environment also are creating a big data perfect storm. This threat is beginning to overwhelm legal departments. In-house counsel concerns range from identification and collection of disparate information to the cost and security of the entire e-discovery process. While many organizations lack executive support for information governance, and others feel hampered from executing on small, tactical projects due to their legal or regulatory profile, it is important to prepare for the emerging trends and challenges that will have an impact on compliance efforts in the coming year. In this eWEEK slide show, e-discovery specialists FTI Technology and Gartner Research share insights on these trends and findings from their recent "Advice From Counsel" study.

  • IT professionals are in a somewhat difficult position, according to new data from Spiceworks' annual State of IT report. The report, based on a poll of more than 800 IT professionals and data from various sources, reveals that while most companies are generating more revenue in 2016, IT budgets are stagnant. What's worse, the IT side isn't being allowed to increase staff, despite rising concern about security, network attacks and data thefts. In fact, Spiceworks, which provides managed security and network monitoring services, found that most IT professionals expect cyber-attacks to soar in 2016, but they won't necessarily have the resources needed to combat those attacks. The findings are disconcerting and indicate that while IT is critical to a company's success, corporate managers don't believe it enough to provide critical resources.  All the while, companies are putting their operations at risk by not doing enough to keep their networks safe. This slide show looks at the troubling management issues that IT departments are wrestling with according to Spiceworks.

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